Sew Russia: Bomber Jacket Surprise 

Bomber jackets have seemed to have never gone out of style. Not only are they stylish, but can keep you very warm in the winter. I had been seeing these sequin bomber jackets floating around and I knew I just had to make one. Why not for my daughter of course!

My daughter is very patient when I have to see for others. Of course she wants her attention like any other six year old, but she allows me to work when I have projects due. This means that I have to sacrifice time with her to get it done.I always make sure that in the most of my working I create something for her as well as a thank you.

I haven’t seen any commercial patterns floating around on the shelves of stores so I turned to the book of Pinterest for help. I don’t know about you, but I love purchasing patterns from actual patternmakers/entrepenuers. They patterns seem a little more simpler to me.

I ran purchased my bomber jacket Patten from Sew a Little Seam. They also have a tutorial that you can follow along with. If you follow the instructions exactly you will get the same result. You can always put your own spin on it of course.

I used knit fabric for the inside lining and Ron knit for the cuffs and bands. All of these can be purchased at JoAnns or your local fabric store. I purchased my sequins fabric from a nifty Etsy store called SaltnPepper Design.
Here is some more views of the jacket.

Jacket inside

My daughter modeling her jacket.

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Sew Russia: Behind the Seams- Golden Goddess

Oh how I LOVE creating pretty things. Its like a lot of hard work that is sewww worth it in the end. I had fun creating this piece I call the “Golden Goddess”.

The fabric screamed out royalty, which is EXACTLY how I want my clients to feel. I want them to be able to take a mental escape for a second and be in the moment with each piece I make.  

I have decided to take you behind the seams with this design.

I did get to dabble in a bit of draping. I don’t know if I sky rocketed to the advanced level (It felt like it). All I know is I was creating something that seemed like it was about to turn out really nice.

My daughter whom had been my fabric picking partner throughout this while journey picked out this fabric to go along with the color of this skirt. I thought it was a brilliant combination.

Here is the final look of the front.

Here is the final look of the back.

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Sew Russia: Autumn/Fall DIY Leaf Crown Headband

Perfect timing. The cook weather is almost here! I am sewww excited. I love fall and winter. Maybe not so.much how it feels #outside all the time, but dressing up is great.

I fell in love this this floral crown that I recently made. It was sewww easy to make. You .ca pirchas the supplies from Wal-Mart or the Dollar Tree.

Here is what you will need:

  • Flowers and/or leaves
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue

-Pick out the flowers or leaves you want.

-Unwrap your floral tape.

-Twist your floral wire around in a circle. It needs to be big enough to lay on your head.

-Wrap the tape around the wire.

-Cut the steam of the flowers or leaves short. 

-Hot glue the short steam to the tapped wire and wrap tape around using hot glue to secure it tightly.

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Sew Russia: Converting Yards to Inches

Here it is…

You park your car. You turn off the engine. You get out of the car. You can clearly see the JoAnns logo as you walk into the store with excitement. You look around at the selection of fabric and pick a bolt that you like. 

When you go to the fabric store to buy fabric, the person at the cutting counter will cut your fabric in yards. When you measure your bust, waist, hips, etc. you will measure in inches or centimeters. I always measure in inches. It is easier that way for me. 
It is important to know how to convert yards into inches to know how much fabric you will need for your project.

Here is a chart I created to make it easier for you.

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Sew Russia: Wrapping Up Summer-Swimsuit Crazy

I would absolutely not be telling the complete truth if I didn’t say that my clients bring out the best in me. Honestly, before summer I didn’t not have the concepts down of how to create a swimsuit. Now I have offically dubbed myself a pro! I knocked out around sixteen swimsuits this summer (2016). I am very proud of the work I have done and my client loves it. 

I would like to share my work with you on hopes that it will inspire you. I will be making a swimsuit tutorial of my own in the future, but for now you can watch this tutorial I watched to help guide me along.

Here is a two piece set. I love the bright colors of this piece.

Here is a sexy little number. The sides are cut out in a one piece style.

Who doesn’t love a one strap piece. It allows you to be sexy and conservative at the same time.

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Sew Russia: Fashion Is A Girls Best Friend-A Parade Of Skirts

I think I have become a skirt person. I never was a skirt person growing up. Sure. I would  wear them here and there, but I was more of a jeans and shorts type of girl. That all changed as I became a mom. 

My daughter is so fashionabke. She loves to dress up. She has challenged and inspired me to switch things up a bit. I have always been in love with the 50’s housewife, malt shop, and date night looks. 
Can you tell?

Here is a view of some skirts I have previously worked on. I just love them. I hope it inspired you in fashion!

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Watch “Sew Russia: How To Thread Your Machine” on YouTube

Here is my tutorial on how to thread your sewing machine. This is an easy beginner tutorial.

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Sew Russia: Quick and Easy DIY Kimono No Pattern Needed!!!

I have been in love with kimonos since I saw them. What a perfect way to jazz up a simple outfit. They also work well as a simple cover up.

I watched a couple of tutorials (Click Here & Here)  before I decided to give it a whirl myself.

If you are new to sewing this will be a very easy and cost effective project for you to try. 

If you are new to sewing and need to know what supplies you need to get started watch my tutorial HERE. Also, if you need help with knowing how to thread your machine, watch my tutorial HERE.

I think I have created something I love and will be making more of these to come! I am excited to share this step by step visual tutorial with you.

Let’s get started!
Supplies and Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric (Between 2-3 yards- please note that fabric comes in different width sizes. Check you fabric width side before purchasing)
  • Matching thread
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pins

Suggested Fabric:

  • Chiffon, stretchy fabric, or you can purchase a large scarf from any retail store.

You want to select your fabric. I found this cute maroon and beige fabric in the remnant section of Hacock Fabrics

*Side Note* Hancock Fabrics has closed it’s stores and online presences  for good. You can buy fabric from any other fabric store.

You want to start by placing your fabric flat on the ground. You want the “wrong side”of the fabric to be touching the ground and the “right side” of the fabric to be facing upward. 

The measurements of the fabric I have pictured is. 89.5 inches long and 56 inches wide. I am sure you can use less than this and be just fine, but I decided to use the whole remnant  roll I picked up.

Next you want to fold the fabric over. Now, at this point, the wrong side should be starting to face upward as you are folding the fabric over.

Your fabric should be completely folded over with the “wrong side” of the fabric facing upward and touching the floor. The “right side” should be sandwiched in the middle.

From the top of the fabric (where the fold is), I measured down 11 inches and pinned from that point all the way down to the end. This will create the armhole and will close the bottom of the kimono.

Here is a close up. Now sew from the 11 inch mark on down. I used a straight stitch and it came out just fine.

Once you have sewen the sides close; you will now find the middle of the fabic, and make a cut.

You only want to cut the top layer of fabric. DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT make a cut in both layers of fabric.

Here is a closer look at the cut I made in the fabric. Notice how the back layer isn’t cut at all?

Next you are going to flip it over and hem the arm holes. You also want to zig zag stitch or serge the sides where you sewed. This will give your new kimono a more professional look. Aren’t you excited? You should be!

Now you can make thousands of these! I am sorry for being an enabler! Lol

I hope this tutorial was help for you. What do you think? 

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have anyquestions. I will try to answer as I can.

Happy sewing!!!!

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Sew Russia: Our Mini Vacation & My DIY Wardrobe Challenge

Sewww…we took a mini vacation to Great Wolf Lodge and I decided to change myself by making all of me and my daughters attire for the trip. I am sewww excited about the outcome. I really out did myself. I even took on the challenge to make jumpsuits which I have been wanting to do for a awhile. I also tried some other new things as well.

First up! Me and my daughters bathing suits. I saw this anchor fabric in the store and thought it was the most adorable pattern I had seen. I wanted to do a little more with it, but with the limited amount of time I had, I had to go for the basic swimsuit. 

I, on the other he hand, saw a graffi fabric that spoke to my inner bad girl and I had to have it. I thought a one strap/one shoulder look would be perfect for this type of fabric.

I had been seeing this  adorable mermaid bottom cover-up all over the intent and decided to give it a whirl. I think it came out sewww adorable! My daughter loves it. It’s the perfect swimsuit cover up.

Jumpsuits!!!! 

My daughters jumpsuit can adjust to either a halter style or a two strap style. I promise you that was on accidnet, but it’s really cool at the same time. Overall it came out perfect.

For my jumpsuit, I was going for more of a tubetop jumpsuit look. It was very comfortable to wear as well. I just love this African/tribal print fabric.

Last but not least, I made a peplum top and pencil skirt combination. I am really excited about this one. Not only is it perfect to wear to work, but it is perfect for date night as well.

Sewww…what do you think?

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Sew Russia: My First Plus Size Dress

I am sewww excited to share that I made my first plus size dress. The fabric I used caught my attention the moment I laid eyes on it. It is a pink and floral print stretch material.

I personally LOVE using stretch material because it is a very forgiving material and it adjusts to the shape of the body. It is ideal for different sizes and is very comfortable.

 

Here it is! The dress! I am thinking about our doing a tutorial on how to make this dress. It was sewww easy to make. what do you think?

 

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